Building Emotionally Realistic Characters
Building Emotionally Realistic Characters contains twenty easy-read chapters, covering the foremost emotions that human experience. At the end of each chapter is a writing challenge, which will enable you to apply what you've read to your work in progress. The content is, as the title explains, designed to build characters who are emotionally realistic. It will give you sound, technically reliable information, which you can use to avoid writing fake sounding short cuts to "happily ever after" endings, which leave your readers disgruntled and feeling cheated.
This book is not a "how to write" text. It is a user-friendly, introductory reference on the topics covered, which will enable you to understand and write about them more effectively. You don't have to read the book from cover to cover, individual chapters can be used as the topic is needed, or if you are simply looking for inspiration when building a character's psychological profile. This is an idea book. It isn't over-technical; getting you bogged down in deep psychological theory. Building Emotionally Realistic Characters is specially designed to be a quick-read. No time? No problem!
Building Emotionally Realistic Characters is written by an experienced writing teacher who also has a formal background in counselling. Topics covered include fear, phobias, shame, grief, suicide, mental illness, anger and violence, egocentricity, peer influence, memory issues, repetitive behaviours, change initiators, character types, how to control how much of your own personal life is unwittingly transferred into print and more.
This is the second book in the Four Dimensional Characterisation Series. The first is, Creating and Resolving Conflict in Fiction. The series has been written to give writers an insight into the aspects of psychology that are valuable to fiction writers.
Subject: Review from when the book was commercial
"This resource is very good for writers because if the attempt is to build characters around certain emotional states it becomes imperative to accurately write a work of fiction that is realistic. Author Cate Russell-Cole shares the reality that what others see and hear must be something they have encountered and can relate to easily. Because it is critical to bring characters to life in a convincing way she provides the psychology behind various mental states including depression, grief, psychological shock, fear, shame, and also the severity of schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder.
I greatly tuned my ears into all she offered when providing the characteristics of each state because she came from a counseling background. Knowing the duration of grief stages will help you create appropriate time frames built into novels. The reader will become much more engaged in your work and you will gain greater credibility.
This is a book that could revolutionize your writing and bring it to another level. There are other books in this series also worth considering. It is set at a bargain price for the information that will be presented."
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